Oliver Medvedik

Oliver Medvedik, Ph.D. is co-founder and Vice President of the non-profit organization LEAF (Life Extension Advocacy Foundation), where he serves on the board of directors, and the Lifespan.io crowdfunding platform. He has given countless media interviews, particularly on topics related to the biotech industry and geroscience, has also worked as a biotechnology consultant at Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, and has taught molecular and synthetic biology to hundreds of students while at Harvard University, The Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts, Genspace and NYU. He has also instructed six different undergraduate teams for the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (iGEM) from 2009-2015. He is also co-founder of the community biotechnology laboratory, Genspace, located in Brooklyn, where he continues to serve on its board of directors. A first of its kind, it is an open biotechnology laboratory that enables individuals, unaffiliated with any institution, to use the tools of biotechnology in a shared, co-working, biosafety level one laboratory space, on various biotech projects. He presently teaches CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing workshops that he has designed for the public at Genspace.
Oliver Medvedik is presently the Director of the Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering at The Cooper Union, where he carries out research on improving gene targeting in mammalian cells, enzymatic oligonucleotide synthesis and other bioengineering projects with undergraduate and graduate students at the Albert Nerken School of Engineering. During the summers he also teaches a synthetic biology STEM course for high school students at The Cooper Union, as well as designing and teaching molecular and cell biology courses for undergraduates during the fall and spring semesters. He continues to collaborate on bio-inspired projects with TerreformOne, a non-profit architecture group for smart city design, ecological planning and art, where he also serves as Director of Science. He was awarded a TED Fellowship in 2012.